Hillary Clinton kept the lid on her Running-for-President plans mostly closed in a widely-watched speech last night at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco. Though the assumption that she will be running for her husband's old job is so widespread that Nate Silver is now wasting his time on burritos, Clinton has not definitively made public her decision.
But that hasn't stopped her from winking hard at the notion, saying last night, "I have a set of experience [...] and for my entire life, I've been an advocate for people who need a voice, need someone in their corner."
The former First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State, and also-ran Presidential candidate was in town promoting her new book Hard Choices, in which Clinton forcefully argues for a clear set of policy prescriptions and defends her record of accomplishment in office. Nope sorry, we had her book confused with Elizabeth Warren's (whom Clinton praised—though not by name—with a veiled compliment). Most of the Clinton book is "a safe and unchallenging volume, full of bromides and talking points." She was also met by a standing ovation.
In conversation with KQED's Scott Shafer, Clinton did offer a descriptive representation argument for her candidacy. She said, that if she were to run, one of her goals would be "to advance the roles and opportunities of women and girls [...] If I decide to do it, I will talk about it every day." She also took the chance to throw an elbow at Texas Governor Rick Perry, who in a recent San Francisco speech likened homosexuality to alcoholism. In response to that line, Clinton said, "I believe it's going to come down to people demanding that those who hold public office start making evidence-based decisions again." She discussed her work on health care policy, on discussions with African leaders on anti-gay laws, and offered a sharp criticism of Dick Cheney's recent attack on President Obama's record in Iraq.
Clinton did not address recent reports that President Obama's daughter Malia had been showing a much greater degree of sophistication in her own college choices than Chelsea did.